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soc.psy. exam 2 - 2 assertions about social life 1 the"who...

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- 2 assertions about social life 1- the “who am I” questions we seek to avoid answering by being in a relationship or the questions we will have to answer because we are in a relationship 2- the “whom am I” question is threatening and so we tend to focus on the other member of the dyad by asking “Who are they?” and “Why do they act that way?” - 4 major themes 1- interdependent tension is universal (part of human existence); seen in art, literature 2- interdependent tension is an opportunity for clarifying the relationship 3- managed interdependent tension forces us to examine and clarify endogenous and exogenous sources of response interference Who am I?  Managed Interdependent Tension  Who are they? Have I been honest? Have I been listening? 4- unmanaged interdependent tension causes us to seek simple answers - Unmanaged Interdependent Tension -Motivation to keep it simple -Cognitive economics – “keep it simple” strategies Who am I?  Unmanaged Interdependent Tension  Who are they? Simple: I’m the bomb Simple: I don’t know who they think they are, but this is their fault Interdependent Tension is universal -It causes us to face the question “Who am I?” -Examples in literature and art - Castaway (Tom Hanks) – plane crashed and he was stranded on an island (Who am I? What kind of a man can’t make fire?) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Solitaire is jealous because he should be better than Mozart due to his pledge to God; who am I? And who is God?; he actually has a gift of hearing music while reading it - The Bird Artist by Howard Norman – love gone bad; narrator’s self-definition - Her Monster by Deff Colligmon – disfigured child that hides from the world - Master Arnold... and the Boys (play) by Athol Fugard -To be in a relationship is to dance Linked and coordinated behavior - What does it take to make a relationship work well? 1- First, you’ve got to learn and acknowledge your own tendencies - You have to be truthful with yourself about what you are likely to do. 2- Second, learn the other person’s tendencies - The management of interdependent tension requires the development of authentic self-knowledge
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- Interdependent Tension and Self-Discovery - To thine own self be true, know thyself - Interdependent tension pushes us to answer the question, who am I? - Interdependent tension brings our social self into focus - Social Psychologists are interested in the self so as to understand social behavior - 3 things when it comes to understanding the self 1- we try to determine what are the most useful ways of thinking about the self Ex. – self-concept – things we think makeup who we are, components of ourselves -Self-esteem – evaluation of the things in self-concept -Self-schemata – cognitive generalization (summary) about the self -Self-presentation – presentation of the self in everyday life -Possible selves – maybe I could be...
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